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Examples of training evaluation methods


I am looking for examples of good practice for evaluating training and development at individual, team and organisational level. This info will assist in the development of an evaluation system.
teresa logan

5 Responses

  1. LEAP & Books
    North West Consortium. ‘Assessment & Evaluation in Training. Vol 6’.
    Parthenon Publishing
    Parker, T C. ‘Statistical Methods for Measuring Training Results’ in Craig, R
    L (ed) ‘Training and Development Handbook’. McGraw-Hill, 1976
    Philips, Jack J. ‘Training Evaluation and Measurement Methods, 2nd edition.
    Gulf/Kogan Page, 1991
    Pickles, Tim. ‘Toolkit for Trainers: A compendium of techniques for trainers
    and group workers’. Pavilion Publishing/Gower, 1995
    Rae, Leslie. ‘Assessing Trainer Effectiveness’. Gower, 1991
    Rae, Leslie. ‘How to Measure Training Effectiveness, 3rd edition’. Gower,
    Rae, Leslie. ‘Using Evaluation in Training and Development’. Kogan-Page, 1999.
    Reay, David G ‘Selecting Training Methods, Implementing Training and
    Evaluating Training’. Kogan Page, 1994
    Robinson, K R. ‘A Handbook of Training Management’ (contains a substantial
    chapter on the measurement and follow-up of the results of the training
    process). Kogan Page, 1981
    Scriven, N. ‘Evaluation Perspectives and Procedures’ in Popham, W J
    ‘Evaluation in Education’. McCuthlan Corporation, 1974
    Simmonds, David. ‘The Evaluation Toolkit’. Fenman
    Wade, Pamela. ‘Measuring the Impact of Training’. Chang/Kogan Page, 1995
    Warr, P B, Bird, M and Rackham, N. ‘The Evaluation of Management Training’.
    Gower, 1970
    Westgaard, Odin. ‘Tests that work’. Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer. 1999
    Whitelaw, Matt. ‘The Evaluation of Management Training: A review’. IPM, 1972

  2. Books
    A comprehensive set of books that was recently published in the UKHRD forum:

    Bartram, Sharon and Gibson, Brenda. ‘Evaluating Training’. Gower, 1999
    Bee, Frances and Roland.’ Training Needs Analysis and Evaluation ‘. IPM,1994
    Bramley, Peter.’ Evaluating Training Effectiveness, 2nd edition’.
    McGraw-Hill, 1996.
    Easterby-Smith, Mark. ‘Evaluating Management Development, Education and
    Training, 2nd edition’. Gower, 1994.
    Hamblin, A C. ‘The Evaluation and Control of Training’. McGraw-Hill, 1974
    Jackson Terence. ‘Evaluation; Relating Training to business performance’.
    Kogan Page. 1989.
    Kirkpatrick, Donald L.’ Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels’.
    Berrett-Koehler, 1996.
    Kirkpatrick, Donald L. ‘Evaluation of Training’ in Craig, R L (ed) ‘Training
    and Development Handbook’. McGraw-Hill, 1994
    Carol McCallum. ‘How to Design and Introduce Appraisal Training’. Kogan Page
    Mager, R F. Measuring Intructional Results (2nd edition). Kogan Page, 1990
    Newby, Tony. ‘Training Evaluation Handbook’. Gower, 1992
    Newby, Tony. ‘Validating your Training’. Kogan-Page, 1992

  3. Evaluating Training
    It looks as if Gary Platt has pointed you in the direction of a wealth of information on the subject. I’m sure that most, if not all, of these will suggest that effective evaluation is only possible when measurable outcomes are established at the outset. This is not always as easy as it sounds, especially for ‘behavioural’ training, but it can, when done properly, be highly motivational for trainer and trainee. Do contact me if you’d like to explore this. Best wishes, Ray Jackson


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